On 1 February, a high-level delegation of the European Parliament concluded a three-day visit to Ukraine, amid the current security crisis. Nine MPs, led by Chairs David McAllister and Nathalie Loiseau met with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk as well as other representatives of Ukrainian authorities and civil society organisations.
The delegation also visited Mariupol, a city and strategic port in the southeast of Ukraine on the Sea of Azov, very close to the contact line. MPs met with the municipal and port authorities and visited the Mariupol field office of the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM).
“What we have seen in the field yesterday, close to the contact line, can be hardly described as reassuring, but we have been also impressed by the courage, determination and resilience of the Ukrainian people living in that region,” said David McAllister. Nathalie Loiseau added that “the visit took place in the context of Russia’s military build-up, enhanced naval presence and use of hybrid attacks including cyber and disinformation. In response, the EU will continue to show solidarity with Ukraine and remain united in preparing for the strongest possible response should Russia take further military steps.”
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